Toyota will launch its legendary Hilux pickup truck in India on 23rd January; Bookings already open
Toyota Hilux is expected to cost around Rs 30 lakh
Interior components and features are expected to be similar to Fortuner
Toyota Hilux, the second-ever lifestyle pickup truck in our country is all set to launch on the 23rd of January, 2022. Isuzu D-Max is the only other vehicle in the niche segment that is currently available in the Indian market.
Bookings have already begun for the Hilux with the booking price varying, between Rs 50,000 and Rs 2 lakh depending on the dealer.
Toyota Hilux pickup truck is expected to be offered in a fully-loaded single variant, powered by a 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel engine sending power to all four wheels. The lifestyle pickup truck will be brought into the country via SKD (Semi Knocked Down) route. Thus, it will be assembled at TKM’s production facility in Karnataka helping in competitively positioning the model as opposed to the fully imported route that will draw higher taxes.
Toyota Hilux Underpinning and Dimensions
The Hilux is based on the IMV-2 platform that also underpins the Innova Crysta and Fortuner. This means parts like engine, gearbox, 4 wheel-drive system and suspension components will be similar. The Hilux measures 5,285mm in length and has a wheelbase of 3,085mm. For reference, the Fortuner measures 4,795mm in length.
Reports are that the Hilux will be sold in its double-cab body style in India. It is designed to withstand any terrain with its muscular stance that conveys a sense of power, along with the strong front and rear bumpers and tough body mouldings.
When viewed in profile, the length of the Hilux becomes most apparent, and the double-cab silhouette will also be quite unique for India. The rear end, however, looks like most conventional pickup trucks.
The Hilux gets a much larger hexagonal grille, unique swept-back LED headlamps, and a wide, more rugged bumper (MLM Edition). It also comes with Chrome door mirrors, Bi-tone dark grey & grey wheel arch moulding, a cargo deck, and a Smart Entry & Start System.
The Smart Entry & Start System comes with a transmitter that lets us unlock the doors by pulling the handle and lock them again by pressing a button. To start or stop the engine, all we need to do is press the Start/Stop button.
- 17″ dark grey alloy wheels (6-spoke)
- 18″ black alloy wheels (5-spoke)
- 18″ black machined-face alloy wheels (6-spoke)
The Hilux will have a comfortable and functional interior, but legroom isn’t expected to be as generous in the second row as in the Fortuner.
It is fitted with an 8″ multimedia display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and a 4.2″ screen for information display.
The Toyota Touch 2 with Go navigation system offers a WVGA screen that displays a 2D and 3D map view with connected services including real-time traffic updates and local online search facilities.
The dashboard design, steering wheel, and seats are expected to be carried over from Fortuner. Durable materials and striking finishes look as good as they feel, whilst the JBL sound system with Harman CLARi-Fi technology delivers excellent audio quality with our choice of music.
Other Interior Highlights:
- 4-spoke leather steering wheel
- Light blue ambient lighting on front doors
- Automatic air conditioning
- Power-height-adjustable driver seat
- Coloured TFT information display
- Rear-view camera display in audio screen
- Hill start Assist Control (HAC)
- Active Traction Control (A-TRC) control
More details on the safety features with the Indian Edition are expected closer to the launch date.
Engine and Transmission:
A 204-hp, 2.8-liter diesel engine is expected to power the Toyota Hilux, which will come with a four-wheel drive with a locking differential. Its transmission options, however, are not yet known. This engine produces a massive 500Nm of peak torque and should be the perfect fit on the load hauler.
Fuel Combined: from 8.6 l/100 km
Max speed: up to 170 km/h
Expected Price and Rivals
The Isuzu D-Max is currently the only lifestyle pickup truck on sale in India and will also be the only rival to the Toyota Hilux when it’s launched.
Pricing for the Isuzu D-Max ranges from Rs 18.05 lakh to Rs 25.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). According to sources, the Hilux is predicted to cost around Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Hilux comes on the back of good reception for premium models like Hiace and Vellfire. We’ll see how it does in our domestic market after its success in Europe.